By John B. Arden
As entertainers, companies, or even the govt pander to the bottom universal denominator, American existence turns into more and more vicarious, prefabricated, and bereft of that means. This publication examines modern American cognizance, contemplating the criteria that experience pushed society towards gossip and sensationalism on the expense of substance and depth.Celebrity information, games, cookie-cutter colleges, and purchasing, purchasing, purchasing. As entertainers, companies, or even the govt. pander to the bottom universal denominator, American lifestyles turns into more and more vicarious, prefabricated, and bereft of which means. This booklet examines modern American recognition, contemplating the standards that experience pushed society towards gossip and sensationalism on the rate of substance and depth.Arden discusses the starting to be epidemic of acrimony, superficiality, realization deficit disease, and proceedings of ennui. He objectives the explanations why American childrens have expressed their stressed rage with lethal guns, why a president boasts that he earned Cs in collage, and why society has drifted into yearning leisure laced with violence and inexpensive thrills. The publication is provocative analyzing for involved electorate, in addition to for students and researchers concerned with modern American tradition and society.
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Murdoch’s London paper, The Sun, ran a front page on Election Day with the headlines, “If Kinnock wins today, will the last person to leave Britain turn out the lights,” with Kinnock’s face superimposed on a photo of a light bulb. The major networks have also leaned toward conservative/procorporate interests. ”13 During the 1976 Republican convention when Ronald Reagan made his first run for the White House, Frank Reynolds, then the ABC anchorman, actually cried on the air when Reagan lost the nomination to President Ford.
Companies who advertise in the electronic media know that not everyone will respond to their ads. In fact, if 1 percent of viewers are receptive to an ad, the ad is considered a success. 28 As a violence-saturated media spreads throughout the world, we can see a gradual erosion of civility. A decrease in cooperative behaviors has been demonstrated in as remote a place as the island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic. 29 Overall it appears that television watching results in the illusion of community and the degradation of the fabric of a society.
The omission of foreign films and the monopolization of the American film industry have contributed to shrinkage in the variety of motion pictures available in the United States. Many movies in the past served to elevate. Now we are offered a menu more dominated by movies that sink to the LCD—the celebration of trash culture. ME D IA TO X I CI T Y With the dominance of the three Vs—violence, voyeurism, and vulgarity—rashes of social problems have emerged. This has been demonstrated throughout the world.
America's Meltdown: The Lowest-Common-Denominator Society by John B. Arden